When it comes to discussions of the “greatest Vikings of all time” there is little argument against Alan Page.
The man just continues to impress with anything he does, even with his Hall of Fame NFL days way in the rear-view mirror, and now he will be beginning another chapter of his ridiculously productive life.
Page will be forced to retire from the Minnesota Supreme Court in August, according to the Star-Tribune, due to an age limit imposed on members of the court. Page will be turning 70 and will have served 22 years on the highest court in the State.
Page was the first African-American member of the Minnesota Supreme Court and is well known as a champion for equality and justice. He says that his retirement will bring a renewed focus on his philanthropy, and possibly even a little downtime.
Page played with the Vikings as a first round draft pick starting in 1967 and went on to be a major part of the vaunted Purple People Eaters. He played in all four Vikings Super Bowls, is still one of only two defensive players to be named league MVP (should be three now after J.J. Watt’s season, but whatever…), and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls.
The Vikings waived Page in 1978 and he went on to play for the Bears, where he notched 40 more sacks, until his retirement in 1981.